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Getting LGBT Homeless Youth Off the Streets

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM

As the Executive Director of the Detroit-based Ruth Ellis Center, one of a tiny handful of organizations in the country dedicated to working with runaway and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, I work every day with youth who live the reality of urban poverty. "Crystal,"...

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End the Chill: This Winter, Help LGBT Homeless Youth Come in From the Cold

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 8:07 AM

Jessica, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman in Detroit, has lived a hard life. At the age of 13, she became homeless when her family kicked her out for not conforming to gender norms. Instead of a warm home, she had to find shelter in one unsafe and abandoned building...

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Homeless LGBT Youth: Living on the Streets at the Dangerous Intersection of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Race, and Class

(18) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 3:41 PM

Living on the streets can be difficult on many levels, but so many of the LGBT runaway and homeless youth we work with live not just on the streets but at the intersection of a dangerous crossroads, one impacted not only by their sexual orientation but by their race, gender,...

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Youth Homelessness Moves Forward As a Major LGBTQ Issue... Thanks to the White House

(66) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 7:27 AM

A young, homeless, transgender woman found out the hard way that social-service agencies here in Detroit had no idea how to serve the LGBTQ community. She was referred to a men's shelter, where she was promptly rejected by the crisis manager, who coldly informed her, "We don't take 'its.'"

In...

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